How To: Make Your Own DIY Concrete Countertops -- The Easy Way

How To: Make Your Own DIY Concrete Countertops -- The Easy Way

I've always loved the look of concrete countertops but am, admittedly, a bit intimidated by the intense mold making/concrete casting/everything-could-go-horribly-wrong aspects of the usual DIY approach. So when I stumbled across this DIY concrete countertop alternative, my jaw dropped. IT'S SO EASY. 


Kara from Kara Paslay Designs and Jenny from Little Green Notebook have both used this technique and I'm pretty stoked to try it out. The secret? ARDEX Feather Finish. If you love the look of concrete countertops, but don't want to a) pay a gazillion dollars for someone to cast all new countertops for you or b) are like me and get a little woozy thinking about building perfectly-sized molds and agitating bubbles for hours on end, this concrete overlay is YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND. Extra budget-friendly bonus: a bag of ARDEX costs around $15 and covers quite a bit of surface area.

With this stuff, your old counters can stay right where they are. The supply list is pretty minimal and the prep work easy. Check out Kara's tutorial for some great step-by-step photos and tips for using ARDEX. After you've absorbed all her information, take a peek at the tutorial on Little Green Notebook for a few more nuggets of wisdom.

Have you used this product/technique? How did it go?

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Kim on Aug 19, 2013:

I can't wait to try this!

Claudia on Aug 19, 2013:

Do you think this would work vertically? I'm thinking our shower needs this...!

Or would it slide down?

Jeanio on Aug 19, 2013:

I can't wait to do this! I thought id never be able to get rid of the poor quality Wilsonart countertops I had. Now, I'll just cover them up. Thanks!

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